Last updated: 20 Sep 2021

Jordan

About

Petra, the jewel in the crown of Jordan's antiquities, has been declared by popular ballot as one of the 'NEW' Seven Wonders of the World.

The wind and occasional flooding has shaped the landscape of the magnificent wind-blown desert of Wadi Rum into a cyclorama of pillars and rock arches - a fit arena for the spectacles of history played out here. Visit The Citadel and Archaeological Museum in Amman. With a selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the remains of an Umayyad city and fine views of the Roman amphitheatre, it is a fascinating attraction to visit.
Official Name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Capital:  Amman (AMM)
Currency:  Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Language:  Arabic. English is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 962
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: Last Friday in March to last Friday in October: UTC / GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Mar 28; May 1-3, 13-16, 25; Jul 20-25; Aug 10; Oct 19; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Right.
Best Time to go: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Best For: Religious and Archaeological Sites
Plugs:  230 volts AC, 50Hz. Both round European-style two-pin plugs and square British-style three-pin plugs are used.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated. Mains water is heavily chlorinated; therefore travellers prefer bottled water which is widely available. Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors should attempt to conserve and not waste water. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. Dehydration is a common health problem for visitors. 
Customs: As a predominately Islamic country, dress should be conservative (Western women are not subject to the clothing customs, but should avoid revealing clothing). When visiting more traditional parts of the country and outside the main cities, women should keep their arms, legs and heads covered.  Shorts are generally not worn by men or women. Although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable in hotel swimming pools, one-piece swimsuits are preferred in the rest of Jordan. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach and poolside. Respect to religious customs should be shown during the month of Ramadan, when eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset should be done discreetly or in private. 
Local Offences / Laws: Nude and topless sunbathing is prohibited. The consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited. In some places, photography is prohibited – if in doubt, it is best to ask. Homosexuality is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Credit cards are largely accepted, but smaller stores will prefer cash payments. Dehydration is common among visitors. There is a low risk of terrorist attacks. Care should be taken when travelling to the Israel and Iraq borders. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Jordan by people 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco
• 1L of alcohol
• 1 or 2 opened bottles of perfume
• Gifts up to the value of JD200
There are extensive duty-free shops at the airport, both in arrivals and departures, and at every border crossing by land. Within 14 days of your arrival in Jordan, you can also go to the Duty Free Shop on Tunis Street, near 4th Circle in Amman, to buy your permitted allowance of cigarettes, alcohol and other luxury goods without paying duty. Bring your passport with you.
Prohibited Imports: Narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and pornography
Prohibited Exports: Antiquities (classed as items dating from before AD1750)

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 07/09/2021

Jordan is open for travel from most parts of the world, while implementing a strict testing and quarantine policy.

 Flight restrictions

  • Flights from India are currently suspended.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Jordan.

Form requirements

  • Passengers travelling to Jordan are required to submit a Declaration Form prior to departure. The Declaration Form can be found here. Passengers who do not provide the correct information may be subject to a fine of 10,000 Jordanian dinars.
  • All passengers are required to install the "Aman application" on their mobile phones.
  • All passengers must submit a Declaration Form here, and present the generated QR code prior to departure and upon arrival.
  • Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the past 14 days must sign an indemnity form.

Test requirements

  • Passengers travelling from Egypt, Turkey or Iraq must hold a negative PCR test result obtained from approved laboratories within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing they are fully vaccinated in any of the EU countries, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zeeland, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA, and at least 14 days have passed since their last dose. The vaccination certificate must be in Arabic or English;
    • Passengers aged 4 or below;
    • Accredited diplomats, employees of regional and international organisations; and their family members.
  • Passengers travelling to Jordan from countries other than Egypt, Turkey or Iraq are required to hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Passengers holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing they are fully vaccinated in any of the EU countries, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zeeland, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or USA, and at least 14 days have passed since their last dose. The vaccination certificate must be in Arabic or English;
    • Passengers travelling to King Hussein International Airport (AQJ) holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing they are fully vaccinated or at least 21 days have passed since they received the first dose of the vaccine. The vaccination certificate must be in Arabic or English;
    • Passengers aged 4 or below;
    • Accredited diplomats, employees of regional and international organisations; and their family members;
    • Minors travelling to King Hussein International Airport (AQJ) together with an accompanying parent that is fully vaccinated.
  • Crew members must hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours before arrival, unless they are working on a round trip flight.
  • Passengers may transit through Jordan, provided they hold a PCR certificate obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Jordan and their transit duration is no longer than 10 hours.

Insurance requirements

  • Passengers are required to hold proof of health insurance that will cover the cost of potential Covid-19 treatments in Jordan.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Jordan,
    • Passengers travelling for medical tourism purposes,
    • Accredited diplomats, employees of regional and international organisations; and their family members.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • All passengers above 5 years of age will be subject to a PCR test on arrival in Jordan at their own expense and will be required to quarantine for 7 days. If a positive result is received, they must quarantine for 10 days. Passengers not holding proof of payment from their respective arrival airport website will be required to pay at check-in.
  • The testing requirement does not apply to:
    • Accredited diplomats, employees of regional and international organisations; and their family members; or
    • Passengers that have been fully vaccinated and their vaccination certificate is issued in European Union member state, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America, and at least 14 days have passed since their last dose. The vaccination certificate must be in Arabic or English.
  • Passengers travelling to Queen Alia International Airport (OJAI) can purchase the PCR test here.
  • Passengers travelling to King Hussein International Airport (OJAQ) can purchase the PCR test here;
  • Passengers travelling to Jordan Amman Queen Alia Airport (AMM) must pay for their Covid-19 test here, and are required to present the QR code they will receive on departure.
  • Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the past 14 days must quarantine for 14 nights in government facilities at their own expense.
  • Passengers who have been in India in the past 14-45 days must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers that have transited through or been in India for less than 14 days must quarantine at an airport hotel at their own cost.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Jordanian Embassy
254 Crown Avenue, Waterkloof
P O Box 14730, Hatfield, 0028
Tel: (012) 346-8615/7
Emergency Number : +27 6269 86605
Fax: (012) 346-8611
E-mail: embassyjordanpta@hotmail.com
Consular: 09:00 - 13:00 Mon-Fri - submissions & collections

Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do require a visa. Visa can be obtained upon arrival for South African passport holders, it will cost a total of 40 JOD.

If entering Jordan through other ports of entry however, a visa needs to be applied for at the Embassy prior to departure.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 Completed visa application form
  • Original valid passport plus one copy (Ensure there are at least 2 blank pages). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • 1 recent passport size photo (colour)
  • Copy of airticket and itinerary
  • Medical Certificate
  • Police Clearance (if visit is longer than 1 month)
  • If on tour, a letter from tour operator with dated itinerary and tour leader's details

Additional Requirements for Business Visa

  • Company Letter
  • Invitation Letter from Jordan

Minors

  • Completed Application Form
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Parents ID Documents
  • Medical Certificate
  • Affidavit from parent if travelling alone or with 1 parent

Visa Processing Time

4 working days for South African Passport Holders. Foreign passport holders may be referred and experience a delay.

Visa Validity

Single entry: One month

Visa Cost

Visa can be obtained upon arrival for South African passport holders, it will cost a total of 40 JOD.

SA Representative

SA Embassy, 15 Al Bashir Al Shuraiqi
Northwest Abdoun, Amman
Tel: (0096-26) 592 1194
Fax: (0096-26) 592 0080

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio